How to Reset JVC Radio

There are many occasions when you will need to reset your JVC radio. It could be because you were changing the settings and accidentally changed the language and now you don’t know how to get it back. And that’s just one example.

Resetting a car stereo means bringing it back to factory settings. This allows you to customize them back to your liking but do it right this time.

To reset a JVC car stereo, you first need to know the model of the stereo. That is because there is more than one way to do this and it is best to check the user manual before you get started. However, whether your car stereo is old or brand new, you can perform the reset yourself.

Resetting Your JVC Car Stereo

It is not uncommon to read the instruction manual and still not know how to do it. That is because sometimes manuals make it over complicated for you to do this yourself. So, here’s a simplified version of how to reset a JVC car radio.

Method 1

The first method is simple and is common for many models. It has just two simple steps.

  • Step 1: Locate the On and Select buttons.
  • Step 2: Press them down at the same time for about 5 to 6 seconds. While you are doing this, the chip inside the radio will undo all the changes you have made before it got to the point where you needed to reset it.

The only thing you need to be careful about is not to press the buttons too hard because it might cause damage and they might not work in the future.

Method 2

If your JVC car radio reset has to be done without the buttons for some reason, you will need this method and it requires a little more care and some tools. Here we go.

  • Step 1: Locate the front panel of the stereo and remove it. This will need you to bring out some tools from the garage. Sometimes, they come with the vehicle’s tool kit. So, check that first.
  • Step 2: You will see a button next to the CD slot on the stereo. That is the reset button for many JVC radio models.
  • Step 3: Switch on the car stereo and using a DIN tool or a sharp object like a pencil or pen, push the button. This is a soft button and you must not push it hard. You must also not use a knife for the same reason. You must push the button after the stereo is on. If not, the reset will fail.

How Do You Know You Need to Reset the Stereo?

As you can see, the process of resetting a JVC radio is quite simple. Now, we mentioned in the beginning that the process changes depending on the model. That’s why you must always check the user manual first.

But how do you know that you need to reset the radio? That’s a good question. Usually, you will see a message on your stereo screen that will tell you to check the wiring followed by a reset. Manufacturers have made it very easy.

What about the Wiring?

Well, sometimes there might be cross-wiring or a short circuit, which causes the stereo to not work. This means you will need to remove the stereo and check its back to inspect its wiring harness.

Then you must locate the many colorful wires and see if the speaker, ground and power wires are fine and located where they should be. The user manual will have pictures to help you. But your first clue is that they are not in contact with each other.

Just to be safe, you must insulate them all with a heat shrink again and check the wires connected to the speakers for faults. After that, you can reset the radio to its factory settings using one of the two above-mentioned methods.

Be very careful when you are using Method 2. That’s the one where you need to remove the front panel. If you are not sure how to do it, you must get the help of a professional.


Q: Why Is My JVC Radio Not Working?

A: It could be because the wires connected to the stereo and the speakers are not connected properly. You must also make sure that the radio and the rest of the audio-visual equipment are in sync. What you can do to fix it is to unplug the radio and plug it back in after about five minutes. Sometimes, that takes care of it.

Q: How Do I Get My JVC Car Stereo Out of Demo Mode?

A: Locate the ‘Select’ button. Press and hold it for about 5 seconds. Check the display and see if you can find the demo. Press the—button to switch it off. Then press the ‘Select’ button again and you will be done.

Q: How Do You Fix a Radio That Won’t Turn On?

A: You need to know the most common problems so that you can figure out the solution. This is probably happening because the stereo:

  • Is in Protect mode
  • Has blown the fuse
  • Is having a problem with the connectors
  • Is not getting power in the head unit

In Conclusion

Resetting a JVC radio is actually one of the easiest things to do. But you must be sure that the problem you are facing can be solved with a reset. Sometimes, there is a chance that you might upset the dynamics of the system with a reset.

That’s why it is best to look up the likely problems your model could have in the user manual. If you don’t have one on you, you can look it up online. Plenty of manufacturers provide free PDF copies precisely for this reason.

Sometimes, the problem might lie with the Bluetooth unit which can also be fixed with a reset. But we will leave that for another day. Good luck with your stereo unit.

Last Updated on December 6, 2021